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About the Application Process

Applicants may apply to only one program at a time.

Teachers College admits students for Spring, Summer and Fall entry.  However, not all programs or degree levels are available for all entry terms.

Applicants must hold, or be in the process of obtaining, the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree in order to be considered for admission.

Only completed applications will be acted upon.  In order for an application to be considered complete, the Office of Admission must receive all required application materials by the designated deadline.

 

Application Deadlines

TC application deadlines are received-by deadlines, NOT postmark deadlines. 

 

Application Deadline - Spring

All Degrees……………November 1

 

Application Deadlines  - Fall / Summer

Ph.D…………………..December 15

Masters………………January 15 (early) and April 15 (final)

Ed.D………………….January 2 (early) and April 1 (final)

 

Note:

Not all programs/degrees accept applications for all terms.

Programs may not accept applications after the early application deadline.

Refer to the Guide to Admission (an annual publication) for current application deadlines and application requirements.

 

Return of Application Materials

Under no circumstances can any application materials submitted to the Office of Admission be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another college, university, or third party.  All records submitted in support of an Application for Admission become property of Teachers College.

 

Baccalaureate Degree Requirement

Applicants must hold or be in the process of obtaining a baccalaureate degree, or the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree, in order to be eligible for admission to Teachers College.  Applicants who do not meet this requirement will not have their application reviewed for admission.

 

Native Language

If the applicants native language is not English or the applicant received the baccalaureate degree from an institution where English is not the sole official language of instruction, then the applicant must submit official scores from an accepted English proficiency exam.

 

Official Transcripts

Applicants must submit one official transcript from each college or university you attended for academic credit for any period of time, showing all courses, grades and degrees received if any.

 

International Transcript - WES evaluation

If the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate credentials are from an institution outside of the U.S. or Canada, the Office of Admission requires a World Education Services, Inc (WES) course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials.  It is your responsibility to provide the necessary paperwork and payment to WES and to request that a copy of the report be sent to the Office of Admission.

 

World Education Services (WES)

The WES evaluation provided to Teachers College becomes an official academic record and the sole property of Teachers College upon its receipt.  WES evaluations will be reviewed by Teachers College administrators and the determination of degree equivalency to U.S. degrees is at the discretion of Teachers College.

 

Standardized Test Scores

Official scores of any required standardized test must be reported directly to Teachers College Office of Admission by the Testing Centers.  Expired or unofficial scores will not be accepted.   For tests administered by the Education Testing Service (ETS), the assigned institution code for Teachers College is 2905.

 

The minimum TOEFL exam score required by Teachers College is 100 on the internet based exam (IBT) or 600 on the paper-based exam (PBT).   Refer to the Guide to Admission as some programs may require higher test scores.

 

The minimum IELTS exam score required by TC is an overall band score of 7.0.  Refer to the Guide to Admission as some programs may require higher test scores.

 

Decision Notification

The Office of Admission will notify you via e-mail once a decision has been published.  The official notification of the decision is the letter bearing the signature of the Executive Director of Enrollment Services.  Official decisions will not be mailed to applicants or given over the phone.

 

Depositing

In order to ensure their place in a program, admitted students must submit a $300 U.S. nonrefundable tuition deposit to Teachers College by the deposit deadline indicated in your admission letter.

 

Non-Degree Status

Non-Degree Status is available to all applicants holding the equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree.

A non-degree student may take up to 16 credit points as long as the academic standards of the College are met.

In order to exceed the maximum of 16 points, a non-degree student must either

  • Be admitted to a Teachers College degree program
  • Obtain approval from the Registrar for continued registration under non-degree status

 

Admission to non-degree status implies no commitment for admission to a degree program.  Should a non-degree student become a degree candidate, a maximum of 16 points (8 in the major field) taken in non-degree status may be applied toward a degree program.

 

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Teachers College affirms that it admits students and selects employees regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, pregnancy and gender expression, or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws and thereafter accords them all the rights and privileges generally made available to students or employees at the school.

 

For more information on admissions see: http://www.tc.edu/admissions/